Titleist Brand Ambassador Bo Van Pelt's decisive victory Sunday at the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic put the finishing touches on a banner year for Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball players on the PGA Tour.
Van Pelt's six-shot triumph in Malaysia marked the 33rd victory of the 2011 PGA Tour season for Titleist golf ball players – more than eight times the nearest competitor with four, and three times the total of all other golf balls combined (11).
It was also one of five official (and seven total) wins on the weekend for Titleist players around the world, upping Titleist's 2011 win total to 158.
The final tally: Titleist Brand Ambassadors and golf ball players combined to win 75 percent of PGA Tour events played this season.
And it all ended with Van Pelt's seven-birdie, bogey-free 64, which runner-up and Pro V1x loyalist Jeff Overton called "one of the best rounds of golf I've ever seen."
In the spirit of Halloween, it was scary good.
Trusting a Pro V1 golf ball and bag of Titleist equipment, Van Pelt closed out the event by birdieing five of his final eight holes at The Mines Resort & Golf Club to finish the four rounds at 23-under 261 and shatter the tournament scoring record by five strokes.
Accordingly, there was more than one exclamation point.
Van Pelt used his Titleist CB irons to hit tee shots within tap-in range on the par-3 13th and par-3 14th. He left himself just 4 feet for birdie on the par-4 15th, and two-putted for birdie on the par-5 17th.
"I've watched other guys coming down 18 with a big lead and I thought, 'That would be fun some day if I could do that.' "Van Pelt said. "And it was. I feel like the luckiest guy in the world. I get to do what I love to do for a living."
It marked the second career PGA Tour title for Van Pelt, who also won the 2009 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Cameron Tringale (Pro V1x) matched Van Pelt's closing 64 to share low round of the day, and finished in a three-way tie for fourth-place that also included Pro V1x loyalist Mark Wilson.
Pro V1 loyalist Ryan Palmer, who tied for seventh, put himself in contention with an ace on the par-3 199-yard seventh hole, jarring his Pro V1 golf ball with a 6-iron. It was Palmer's third hole-in-one on the PGA Tour.
Titleist was the overwhelming golf ball of choice at the limited-field event with 28 players, more than four times the nearest competitor with six and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist also was first in drivers (15); iron sets (16); sand, lob and approach wedges (47); and putters (T-15).
Here's a closer look at Bo Van Pelt's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: Titleist 909D2 8.5º (Mitsubishi Fubuki 73)
3-wood: Titleist 910Fd 13.5º (Mitsubishi Diamana Prototype 80)
Hybrid: Titleist 910H 17º (UST Proforce V2 104)
Irons: Titleist CB 4-iron; MB 5-P (Nippon NS Pro)
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 252•12º (bent to 51º), 56•14º (bent to 55º), 60•07º (Nippon NS Pro)
• NATIONWIDE TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Ken Duke closed with a 4-under 68 to come from behind and win the Nationwide Tour Championship, leading a group of 15 Titleist golf ball players to the 2012 PGA Tour.
Duke posted a 10-under 278 total for a two-shot victory at the Daniel Island Club, jumping safely inside the Nationwide Tour's Top 25 on the money list to No. 7.
Also earning their PGA Tour cards for next season were Titleist Brand Ambassadors Kyle Thompson (Pro V1x), Erik Compton (Pro V1x), Mark Anderson (Pro V1x) and Martin Flores (Pro V1x), as well as Titleist golf ball loyalists Ted Potter Jr. (Pro V1x), Matt Goggin (Pro V1x), Jonas Blixt (Pro V1x), Miguel Carballo (Pro V1), Troy Kelly (Pro V1), John Mallinger (Pro V1x), Gavin Coles (Pro V1x), Daniel Chopra (Pro V1x), Roberto Castro (Pro V1x) and Steve Wheatcroft (Pro V1x).
(Stay tuned for a closer look at these Nationwide Tour graduates and their Titleist equipment later this week here on Team Titleist.)
Forty players in the field trust Titleist golf balls for their success, including eight of the top 10 finishers, more than four times the nearest competitor with nine and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist also was first in sand, lob and approach wedges (45); and putters (20). Titleist was second in drivers (14); fairway metals (15); and iron sets (14).
• CHINA: Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy got up-and-down from a bunker on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the Shanghai Masters.
McIlroy closed with an even-par 72 to finish regulation at 18-under 270 at Lake Malaren's Masters course. On the playoff hole, he used his Vokey Design Spin Milled wedge to hit his Pro V1x to 2 feet for a tap-in par and the win.
"It's something that I feel like I can still get better at is winning and putting yourself in the position to win when you're not playing your best," McIlroy said.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Seung-yul Noh (Pro V1x) and Pro V1x loyalist Hunter Mahan tied for third place.
The first-year, invitation-only event consisting of 30 players offered $2 million first-place prize money, the richest in golf. (The tournament is not considered for world ranking points and is not sanctioned by a major tour.)
Here's a closer look at Rory McIlroy's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
?Driver: Titleist 910D2 8.5º, C•2 SureFit Tour hosel setting (Fujikura Rombax 7V05)
?Fairway metals: Titleist 906F2 13º & 18º (Fujikura Pro95)?
Irons: Titleist 712 MB 3-9 (Project X Rifle 6.5)
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 46•07º, 54•08º, 60•04º (Project X Rifle 6.5)
?Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS prototype
• AUSTRALASIAN: Pro V1x loyalist Rohan Blizard broke
through for his first professional victory at the Western Australian
Open, leading a 1-through-7 finish for Titleist golf ball players.
Blizard closed in Sunday-best 5-under 67 for a 10-under 278, making birdie at the par-5 18th to help secure a two shot victory.
was watching the leaderboard all day, I got off to a good start on the
front nine so I knew I was in with a chance going into the back nine but
I thought I probably had to have one better which was lucky for me I
guess," Blizard said. “But I’m ecstatic. My first professional victory
is a big thing and I’ll always remember that.”
Ashley Hall (Pro
V1x), David McKenzie (Pro V1x) and Matt Jager (Pro V1) tied for third at
8-under 280. Heath Reed (Pro V1x) finished a further shot back.
• SOUTH AFRICA: Pro V1x loyalist James Kamte captured the Sunshine Tour's BMG Classic in a sudden-death playoff for his fourth career Sunshine Tour title.
Kamte, who forced the playoff with a final-round 8-under 64, rolled his Pro V1x in from 10 for birdie on the first playoff hole to earn the victory.
“There was such a lot going through my head,” said Kamte.
“It’s hard to know you can win and not to be able to do so, so this was really a huge weight off my shoulders.”
Titleist was the top choice in golf balls with 101 players, more than two times the nearest competitor with 36 and more than all competitors combined.
• JAPAN: Pro V1x loyalist Koichiro Kawano earned his first career JGTO title with a playoff victory at the Mynavi ABC Championship.
Kawano sealed the win with a birdie on the sixth extra hole, rolling his Pro V1x in from 8 feet for birdie. He forced the playoff in dramatic fashion by making an eagle on the par-5 18th to close with a bogey-free 67 for a 15-under 273 total.
Kawano was one of 40 players in the field that relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, more than four times the nearest competitor with nine and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist also was first in sand, lob and approach wedges (45); and putters (20).
• LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Yani Tseng won for the 11th time in 2011, capturing the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open by seven shots.
Tseng closed with a 6-under 66 for a 16-under 200 total, winning for the third time in her last four starts.
It marked Tseng's 20th victory in just four seasons as a professional, further solidifying her position atop the Rolex World Rankings.
• KOREA: At the NH Open, 80 players played Titleist
golf balls, five times the nearest competitor with 16 and more than all
other golf balls combined.
• EUROPEAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming top choice in golf balls at the Andalucia Masters with 53 players, more than all other golf balls combined.